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Boating Accident Attorneys and Maritime Lawyers

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We can help you with all your maritime legal needs, including injuries to passengers on cruise ships, seaman’s personal injury, recreational boat accidents, boat collisions, ship and yacht fires, maritime liens (and other transactional work), and more.

Maritime law is a specialized area of law with unique rules governing the relationships between private entities that operate vessels on the ocean. This form of law was created to govern marine commerce, marine navigation, shipping, sailors, and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea.

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Special Marine Laws to Protect the Injured

Special Marine Laws to Protect the Injured

Various laws have been enacted to protect those injured at sea. Two acts in particular, The Seamen’s Act and The Jones Act, helped set in place a wide array of safety regulations and rights for those injured at sea. The acts outline a number of protections for sea workers, giving guidance as to what seamen may be entitled to for injuries incurred.

The Jones Act entitles offshore workers and crew members to receive compensation for injuries sustained on the job. This may also include lost wages and medical treatment for the injured crew member. An experienced maritime/admiralty attorney can assist in recovering benefits.

Types of Maritime Crew Cases

Types of Maritime Crew Cases

Under two of the most prominent admiralty law protections acts, the Jones Act and Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), you have a specific time limit of three years to file negligence and wrongful death claims.

At LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz, we help workers that are injured on seagoing vessels, including:

  • Cargo ships in ports
  • Sinking ShipCommercial Ships
  • Tankers, freighters and barges
  • Casino ships
  • Cruise ships
  • Fishing vessels
  • Tugboats and towboats

At LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz, our attorneys represent crew members in all types of boating law claims. If an injury is caused by a third-party of product manufacturer, you may also be entitled to additional compensation under admiralty rules.

Common Injuries Represented Under Admiralty Law

Common Injuries Represented Under Admiralty Law

A few of the most common injuries that plague workers and passengers alike include:

  • Back injuries
  • Drowning
  • Repetitive stress
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Slip/trip and fall injuries
  • Lifting injuries to arms and shoulders
  • Broken bones, lost limbs and amputations

Any of these injuries may cause wrongful death, future pain and suffering, or disability.

Cruise Ship Accidents

Cruise Ship Accidents

Cruise Passenger with Food PoisioningCruise line accidents occur in various forms, including slipping, tripping, falling, drowning and getting food poisoning. These accidents can cause herniated disks, fractures, dismemberment and even death. Unfortunately, maritime laws that govern cruise ships are complicated and not very passenger-friendly, so it is important to hire a knowledgeable Florida cruise ship accident lawyer to protect your rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.


Cruise ship operators owe passengers what is called a duty of “reasonable care.” This means that they are required to provide a reasonably safe environment from cruise ship injuries, which includes warnings about potential dangers, such as slippery decks, dangerous equipment, or wobbly gangplanks. However, the term “reasonable care” is open to interpretation, and the passenger is responsible for proving that the company was negligent in causing the cruise ship accident.

Shortened Statute of Limitations

Shortened Statute of Limitations

As with most personal injury accidents, there is a statue of limitations for cruise ship accidents. Injured passengers sometimes have less than a year to submit personal injury claims against cruise operators. Several cruise lines have special clauses inserted in the contract of carriage (often explained in the fine print on the back of passengers’ tickets) that can shorten the statute of limitations even further, sometimes down to six months.

Most cruise operators require injured passengers to sue them in a specific city, which often makes it more complex for the passenger. The “forum selection clause” usually found in the fine print on the back of ticket, can hinder the injured passenger’s chance of legal compensation, if they have not complied with the forum selection clause. This is a perfect reason why cruise ship injuries victims should only turn to an experienced maritime/admiralty law attorney for a cruise ship accident.

What to do if You’ve Been Hurt on a Cruise

What to do if You’ve Been Hurt on a Cruise

First, as soon as the accident occurs, you should file a written report with the security office of the cruise ship, keeping a copy for yourself. A member of the cruise staff may try to have you sign a waiver or other document to exempt them from responsibility, but it is imperative that you not sign anything. You should also take photographs of the scene of the accident, and write down the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses.If you have a cruise ship injury, there are several essential steps to take to make sure that you receive proper compensation.

After you arrive home, contact an experienced maritime attorney as soon as possible. Cruise line accidents are a special area under admiralty and maritime law, and compensation can be determined by a number of factors ranging from the type of accident to the home port of the cruise line or even the foreign country where the cruise ship is registered, so it is essential that you contact a cruise ship accident lawyer to protect your interests and ensure a successful case.
Recreational Boat Accidents


Thousands of Floridians take part in boating annually. Unfortunately, from time to time, accidents occur due to the negligence of others. At LaBovick LaBovick & Diaz, we understand how to navigate through boating accident claims involving a personal watercraft or charter boat. We have experience in obtaining justice and compensation for injury victims involved in boating and watercraft accidents throughout Florida.

Types of Boating Accidents

Types of Boating Accidents

  • Personal Watercraft — The most common type of personal watercraft accident involves Jet Ski or waverunner accidents. Examples of common personal watercraft accidents include when a person is ejected or thrown from a personal watercraft, or a collision with other boaters or fixed objects. We’ll examine individual negligence and possible design defects.
  • Charter Boats and Ferries — Captains, operators and owners of commercial boats and ferry boats are held to a high standard of responsibility. They can be held responsible for personal injuries because of the decision to sail in rough seas.Boating Accident
  • Dock and Marina — Dock and Marina owners can be held responsible for rotted, slippery or poorly maintained docks, or other mishaps at docks and marinas that cause injuries such as slip and falls.
  • Drunken Boating — Boating while intoxicated makes the captain of the vessel liable for anyone injured due to their negligence and can be charged with a criminal offense.
  • Diving Injuries — Dive operators can be held liable for negligence that causes catastrophic injuries to scuba divers. We handle all types of scuba diving accident claims, including wrongful death.
  • Private Boats — Private boat operators are obligated to provide safety for their passengers. We handle all types of boating accidents, including passengers being injured on deck or thrown overboard collisions with other boats, docks or bridges.

Boating or diving victims can collect damages from the owners and operators of the vessel, dock or marina for medical expenses, lost earnings, and also pain and suffering. In cases where the boating accident was fatal, family members or loved ones may be able to collect damages for their loss of their loved ones.

Compensation For Boating Or Cruise Injury

Contact a Florida Maritime Attorney

If you have been injured in a maritime/boat/cruise accident, you deserve the representation of an experienced and ethical maritime lawyer. The attorneys atLaBovick LaBovick & Diaz  will defend your rights and fight to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve. Our team will aggressively pursue any compensation you may be entitled to receive. Let our experienced admiralty lawyers help you or your family receive proper compensation to handle medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. We know how to get results.

If you have been injured, call 561-655-1777 or toll free 866-522-6842 now.

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